Black Swallowtail

Species caption line: Cols 1 - 2: Species common name (followed by the wingspan range in inches). Col 3: Occurrence level & flight period. Col 4: Habitat. Col 5: Typically visits (for nectaring). Col 6: Larval host plants.

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park; UMDCF - University of Maryland Central Farm.

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Black Swallowtail (3.25–4.25") Uncommon: May thru Aug Open, weedy fields & marshes Common milkweed Queen Anne's lace, parsley
Black Swallowtail (male)

Male
May 7, 2011
Sykesville/River Road (PVSP)
Bonnie Ott

Black Swallowtail (male)

Male
July 10, 2011
Mount Pleasant
Bonnie Ott

Black Swallowtail (male)

Male
August 16, 2012
UMDCF
Jo Solem

Black Swallowtail (male)

Male
August 26, 2010
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Black Swallowtail (male)

Female
April 18, 2016
Ellicott City
Jeff Culler

Black Swallowtail (female)

Female
August 19, 2012
Elkhorn Garden Plots
Annette Allor

Black Swallowtail (female)

Female
October 17, 2011
Mount Pleasant
Annette Allor

Black Swallowtail (caterpillar)

Caterpillar
September 1, 2012
Elkhorn Garden Plots
Annette Allor

Black Swallowtail (caterpillar)

Caterpillar
September 23, 2014
Waterford Farm
Jo Solem

Black Swallowtail (chrysalis)

Chrysalis
September 26, 2012
Columbia
Bonnie Ott

Black Swallowtail (chrysalis)

Chrysalis
October 12, 2016
Glenwood
Bill Hill

Life history of the Black Swallowtail by Bob Schaefer (Mount Airy, Howard County) 2012

Black Swallowtail egg on dill

Egg on dill

Black Swallowtail small larva

Small larva

Black Swallowtail growing larva

Growing larva

Black Swallowtail larva shedding skin

Larva shedding skin

Black Swallowtail larva in familiar pattern but still with small spines

Larva in familiar pattern but still with small spines

Black Swallowtail large larva

Large larva

Black Swallowtail larva preparing to pupate

Larva preparing to pupate

Black Swallowtail pupa attached by thread

Pupa attached by thread

Black Swallowtail rear view of pupa

Rear view of pupa

Black Swallowtail empty pupal skin

Empty pupal skin